Intimate Partner Violence

A Guide for Psychiatrists Treating IPV Survivors

Treating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer IPV Survivors

People grouped under the LGBTQ umbrella may have any or a combination of a variety of identities including: lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, gender non-conforming, genderqueer, pansexual, same gender loving, Two-Spirit, non-binary, gender fluid, agender, and many others (See Appendix for breakdown of LGBTQ-associated terms and concepts).

LGBTQ IPV survivors face increased barriers to obtaining consistent access to culturally competent services. Without access to identity-affirming advocacy, intervention and other critical services, LGBTQ IPV survivors will continue to suffer from violence and adverse consequences of victimization.

Download the complete Guide to Treating LGBTQ Patients Who Have Exprienced Intimate Parner Violence to view:

  • Epidemiology
  • Risk factors
  • Screening
  • Risk assessment
  • Best practices

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Intimate Partner Violence
Population Specific Information

Learn more about treating patients who have experienced IPV:

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  • Mayumi Okuda Benavides, M.D., Assistant Professor, Columbia University, Department of Psychiatry
  • Obianuju O. Berry, M.D., M.P.H., Postdoctoral Clinical/Research Fellow, Columbia University
  • Molly Mangus, Former Policy Advisor, NYC Mayor's Office to Combat Domestic Violence
Physician Reviewed April 2019

Carole Warshaw, M.D.

  • Director, National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health
  • Executive Director, Domestic Violence & Mental Health Policy Initiative
APA Staff Reviewed
  • Sejal Patel, M.P.H.
  • Vabren Watts, Ph.D.
About the Toolkit

This introductory guide offers an array of topics that will be essential in understanding how to work with patients who have experienced intimate partner violence. It provides basic information to raise awareness of the needs of these patients. This toolkit does not represent official APA policy, but offers a perspective from physicians that work with this community on a regular basis. The objective of this toolkit is to help a broader range of psychiatrists become familiar with best practices for treating IPV patients. Please consult the references included in each section for further reading.